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by Luigi Guarino on July 3, 2017

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Dave Wood July 4, 2017 at 8:51 am

U.S. ratification of the Plant Treaty. The premise in this paper is wrong:”…the benefit sharing obligations under the Treaty are intended to be explicitly tied to access and use of plant genetic materials belonging to the crops and forages listed in the Treaty’s Annex 1.” Not so for the Art 15 samples in the CG genebanks – thousands more species.
The paper also references `Civil Society’ inputs to GB6: something like DivSeek allowing biopiracy. The Plant Treaty is a major culprit here, allowing third parties to put in samples outside the jurisdiction of the country of origin (over 100,000 from Mexico when Mexico had not accepted the Treaty). This `elephant in the room’ seems to have gone unnoticed by the Civil Society malcontents, who are certainly ignoring the interests of any farmers in Mexico.

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